“Europe for citizens”

A mixed outlook

The European Parliament adopted on 19 November 2013 the new “Europe for Citizens” programme, aimed at improving EU citizens' knowledge of the EU and its history. The programme will support activities such as public conferences, targeted at fostering remembrance of the EU's past and increasing debate and citizens' interest and involvement with EU issues at EU level. However, although Greens support and will vote in favour of the programme, the group believes that the budget is too small to respond to the challenges faced by the European Union.


The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


Video - press briefing Strasbourg 19 November 2013

The Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms presented the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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MFF/future EU budget

Final deal commits EU to a budget with no vision and no scope to redress this

The final agreement on the EU's multiannual financial framework (2014-20) was confirmed by the European Parliament in a vote today: the first time the EP has had a co-deciding role on the EU's budgetary framework. The Greens voted against the final outcome due to the overall level of ambition and ...

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CAP reform

The Greens/EFA group stays on course until the final votes

This month the CAP reform is back to plenary in the European Parliament. Key debates and votes on legislative proposals following the trilogues (interinstitutional negotiations) (15 in total!) will take place this Wednesday 20th November in Strasbourg. Some of the more positive outcomes include n...


MFF/EU budget votes

EP president Schulz undermines democratic process and role of EP

The Greens/EFA group has hit out at a decision to prevent MEPs voting on any amendments in the context of this week’s votes in the European Parliament on the EU’s multiannual financial framework and the various multiannual funding programmes for 2014-20. Following a unilateral procedural decisio...

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Strasbourg Flash

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 18-22 November 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary include standards in public procurement, MFF and EU budget, single seat of the Parliament, boardroom quotas for women, rules on EU spending to hit crisis countries, priorities for additional social funds, agriculture policy reform, EU environment and climate change action

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Strasbourg Flash - MFF special

Greens/EFA preview on the future EU budget and funding programmes for the November plenary 2013

With the European Parliament to vote on the EU multiannual financial framework 2014-20, as well as a series of votes on EU funding programmes for the budgetary period, this preview provides an overview from a Green perspective. Click for a printable-layouted version (pdf) - MFF: EU budget off on the...


EU budget 2014

Greens to vote against bad deal, which continues perpetual cycle of EU under-budgeting

The European Parliament and Council last night reached an agreement on the EU's budget for 2014 (1). The Greens have criticised the deal, which will leave the EU again facing shortfalls next year. Commenting on the outcome, Green budgetary spokesperson Helga Trüpel said: "The agreement reached...

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Social funds

Approval of opaque Council deal deprives crisis countries of much-needed social funds

The European Parliament's regional development committee today voted to approve a proposal from the Commission on new financial allocations for certain member states under the European Social Fund (ESF) for the current period. The proposal would see additional funds for action on unemployment exclus...

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Reform of the Cohesion and Structural Funds 2014-2020

Greens are against sanction mechanism

The Permanent Representations of the Member States (COREPER) yesterday approved the negotiation results on the outstanding chapters of the Structural and Cohesion Funds regulations for 2014-2020. This agreement includes the European Council's demand for EU structural and coh...

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EU fisheries fund

Skewed priorities for fisheries funding at odds with CFP reform

The European Parliament today voted on a proposed funding programme for EU fisheries for 2014-20, part of the Common Fisheries Policy. The Greens expressed concern that the vote on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) risks undermining the recently-agreed reform of the Common Fisheries Po...

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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing


Video press briefing Tuesday 22 October 2013

The Greens/EFA co-presidents Dany Cohn-Bendit and Rebecca Harms presented the key issues of the plenary session for the Greens/EFA group

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